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post #151 of 11981
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Originally posted by raidbuck
Thanks for the good news.

However, there is something I don't understand. I remember Comcast saying that they don't compress their HD signals. Are you saying they are lying? Am I just confused? (Well, of course I'm confused but...). Are you saying that the digital, not necessarily the HD signals are compressed?

Baltimore County has been very good in implementing new channels as soon as they are available, so I'll be looking for it on January 1st.

Rich N.

Guys - his note does not say "HD", it says "Digital".

David
post #152 of 11981
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Originally posted by raidbuck
Thanks for the good news.

However, there is something I don't understand. I remember Comcast saying that they don't compress their HD signals. Are you saying they are lying? Am I just confused? (Well, of course I'm confused but...). Are you saying that the digital, not necessarily the HD signals are compressed?

Baltimore County has been very good in implementing new channels as soon as they are available, so I'll be looking for it on January 1st.

Rich N.

no i meant Digital channels not HD, but or a week or so PQ on HD channeld did not look right here, it is just my opinion but i believe maybe they are looking into ways to compres HD
post #153 of 11981
Just stop shades. I have a friend in Williamstown who doesn't have any problems with his HD channels on either of his tvs.
post #154 of 11981
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Originally posted by shades
no i meant Digital channels not HD, but or a week or so PQ on HD channeld did not look right here, it is just my opinion but i believe maybe they are looking into ways to compres HD

Nope.
post #155 of 11981
ESPN2 should be a no-brainer, but UPN will be up as soon as the content is there; see the CBS / Sony / UPN topic at the top of the forum.

Of course, when channels show up will vary from system to system, depending on local technical issues.
post #156 of 11981
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Originally posted by drhill
Just stop shades. I have a friend in Williamstown who doesn't have any problems with his HD channels on either of his tvs.

good for him , i don't care, i HAD issues for a week if you read what i said, sorry i did not do a survey of peope in the williamstown area to see if anyone else did. i gave MY OPINION about comcast and fact that there Were PQ issues For a week on MY TV not your friend's, sorry if you don't like it, i choose not to stop giving MY OPINION, have a nice day
post #157 of 11981
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Originally posted by shades
....i HAD issues for a week...

Then it was other types of technical problems.
post #158 of 11981
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Originally posted by Ken H
Then it was other types of technical problems.

Yeah but i just do not trust Comcast , I just assume they will find a way to screw around with things
post #159 of 11981
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Originally posted by Ken H
ESPN2 should be a no-brainer, but UPN will be up as soon as the content is there; see the CBS / Sony / UPN topic at the top of the forum.

Of course, when channels show up will vary from system to system, depending on local technical issues.

And local affiliate ownership/contract issues...

Jim
post #160 of 11981
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Originally posted by shades
Yeah but i just do not trust Comcast , I just assume they will find a way to screw around with things

Wrong. It's a corporate policy not to reduce HD quality.
post #161 of 11981
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Originally posted by keenan
And local affiliate ownership/contract issues...

right, I should have been more specific, referring to the UPN O&O stations.
post #162 of 11981
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Originally posted by Ken H
right, I should have been more specific, referring to the UPN O&O stations.

Yeah, I'm just crying in my beer 'cause all the talk about FOX going HD keeps reminding me our local Cox owned Fox affiliate hasn't learned to place nice yet with Comcast, so no FOX HD in the greater SF bay area 'cept for OTA.

Jim
post #163 of 11981
i think its fox or bravo
post #164 of 11981
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Originally posted by morpheus6d9
i think its fox or bravo

Fox availability is in a "per-market" basis -- many Comcast systems already have the Fox digital signal. As Keenan pointed out, markets whos affiliate is owned by Cox do not (and probably won't in the near future) carry the Fox digital signal.
post #165 of 11981
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Originally posted by fender4645
Fox availability is in a "per-market" basis -- many Comcast systems already have the Fox digital signal. As Keenan pointed out, markets whos affiliate is owned by Cox do not (and probably won't in the near future) carry the Fox digital signal.

fender, have we determined when that contract is up yet? Aren't these both public companies, shouldn't that info be accessible? You would think that Cox would begin to start to feel at least a little pressure when the FOX-HD comes on next week, no more WS and being in what might be an area(SF-Bay) with a large HDTV in-home base.

Jim
post #166 of 11981
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Originally posted by keenan
fender, have we determined when that contract is up yet? Aren't these both public companies, shouldn't that info be accessible? You would think that Cox would begin to start to feel at least a little pressure when the FOX-HD comes on next week, no more WS and being in what might be an area(SF-Bay) with a large HDTV in-home base.

Answered your question in the Bay Area local thread to keep this one "local free".
post #167 of 11981
Fox-hd channel came online today on Comcast-Middletown,Ct. Picture looked good,also first local news(WTIC Fox61) broadcast in 16:9.Nice.Let the NFL games begin!!
post #168 of 11981
'glad to hear Fox is coming to many diff. markets on Comcast. =)
post #169 of 11981
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Originally posted by Slinky11
'glad to hear Fox is coming to many diff. markets on Comcast. =)

Yes, except not in the No. 6 DMA, SF bay area, ridiculous...

Jim
post #170 of 11981
No. 5 DMA, and we have the largest number of Comcast subscribers nationwide (contained within in a single DMA).
post #171 of 11981
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Originally posted by SonomaSearcher
No. 5 DMA, and we have the largest number of Comcast subscribers nationwide (contained within in a single DMA).

I thought it was 5 too, but I just read something(I'll see if I can find it) and we're now No.6.

Jim

P.S. Doesn't really matter, the whole situation is just crappy.
post #172 of 11981
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Originally posted by keenan
I thought it was 5 too, but I just read something(I'll see if I can find it) and we're now No.6.

The latest DMA info: http://www.nielsenmedia.com/DMAs.html
post #173 of 11981
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Originally posted by fender4645
The latest DMA info: http://www.nielsenmedia.com/DMAs.html

That was it!

Jim
post #174 of 11981
I just saw where TWC got HDNET. If they can, why can't Comcast. It is not like Sinclair or Cox and cable where it becomes a vendetta or article of faith to keep an HD signal off cable.

Mark Cuban said he was in discussions with Comcast. Soooo?

Guys, almost 2 years since Comcast went HD and still no agreement?

Over 4 months since DiscoveryHD and I'm trying to be patient, but even rumors have stopped.

Maybe after the 6412's get national distribution maybe some effort in this area?

Or will the next HD channel be ESPN2HD? Everyone says Comcast will carrry it, but has Comcast actually announced it?

Rich N.
post #175 of 11981
more than hdnet at this point i'd love them to carry tnt-hd with all the basketball games that will be in hd this year
post #176 of 11981
TWC charges for an additional tier that Comcast does not have. HDNET is in this higher tier, that is why it is easier for TWC to have HDNET.

-Ken
post #177 of 11981
I heard that they are not going to add anymore channels until they get standardization of channels across all of their markets... so don't hold your breath. HD doesnt seem to be much of a priority now for comcast.
post #178 of 11981
Got a message from Turner Classic Movies that their HD channel launches in the next 9 weeks. I did the useless thing of asking a Comcast CSR about availability. Anyone know whether it's likely Comcast will carry it?
post #179 of 11981
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Originally posted by sikoniko
I heard that they are not going to add anymore channels until they get standardization of channels across all of their markets... so don't hold your breath. HD doesnt seem to be much of a priority now for comcast.

No it's not, other than getting major broadcast networks online(ABC,CBS,NBC,etc.) they appear to be focused more on VOD primarily and to a lesser extent HSI and the more VOD usage there is, the less bandwidth available for additional HD.

BTW, does anyone here have VOD and if so what are your thoughts on it?

Jim
post #180 of 11981
I understand that, since Comcast doesn't have a separately-priced HD Tier, it is more difficult for them to add channels. But they still need to be competitive in HD, not against cable but against satellites. And DirectTV seems to be willing to expand its HD offerings with new satellite launches.

I would personally be in favor of a tier to add the channels they don't have now. I wonder if Sinclair would agree to having Fox45 on a tier, instead of in the basic HD local group? Then Comcast could add the new channels coming on board in the next year, such as Turner Classic Movies, and the existing ones they are hesitant to add (Bravo,HDNET,TNT-HD). HD is a little delayed, but I think it will begin growing a lot in 2005 and I hope Comcast is willing to be part of that growth. We just never know their plans or their HD strategy.

VOD is nice, we've had it (SD) for a while. We watched several National Geographic specials. It does work like a DVR or VCR for pause, FF, REW etc.

Rich N.
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